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With a week left ‘til Christmas, many have their shopping done and the presents neatly wrapped under the tree. The rest of us are still trying to find stocking-stuffers, a hostess gift for this weekend’s holiday party and a unique present for the wine aficionado who has everything. Fear not — we found five local ways to cross the last items off your list.
Finding a faux snow- and candy cane-filled homage to Santa Claus is easy; just look at your local mall for the line snaking around the giant Christmas tree. Honing in on an experience that makes as much of the Christmas story — the story of the birth of Jesus — is another matter.
Looking up at the headshots on the wall, Wanda Manville carefully goes over almost each photo, explaining the dancer’s name, background and where they are now. I suddenly realize that Manville, the 74-year-old owner and director of Tempe Dance Academy, has a genuine personal connection to each of the faces displayed on the wall.
Get out and burn off those Christmas calories at this annual fitness run/walk featuring a 12K, 6K and 1.2K with carolers at each kilometer, a pet village and a Christmas bazaar.
You got trouble at home? Kids not interested in family stuff? Spouse or friends not around much? Family is one of the hardest parts of life and with all the competition against bonding and parental influence, it’s a wonder families ever work.
There was no warmth outside the walls of the First Baptist Church of Mesa on Thursday night. Winter won’t start for another two weeks, but the temperature — cold enough to cause the ears to tingle and burn a little — was a reminder the line between seasons is flexible.
House parent Barb Scharret finishes decorating a Christmas tree in the Neely House at the Sunshine Acres Children's Home in Mesa, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Rita Coolidge has charted hits in almost every genre and won just about every music accolade possible, including two Grammy Awards.
This community festival includes the lighting of what some call Arizona’s most unique Christmas tree, made of up to 2,000 tumbleweeds painted and doused in glitter, plus a parade and lots of local, live entertainment.
It’s beginning to look like an Arizona Christmas in downtown Chandler.
Thanksgiving hadn’t even come! But still, nearly a week ago, I could already say that I had lost my membership in the Holiday Kindness to Others Club.
Following the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles.
This photo provided by Ikea shows a holiday tree for apartment dwellers and those with tree allergies. Christmas can be amply represented with a clever fold out tree, complete with ornaments. Following the general trend in home decor, holiday trim and accessories this year are a mix of eclectic and traditional colors and styles. (AP Photo/Ikea, Per Wahlstrom)
Among the most beautiful and spectacular Christmas displays in the Valley—with hundreds of thousands of colorful lights, uniquely illuminated palm trees and flower gardens, an inspiring, European-crafted nativity scene, and more—is at the Mesa Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In 2006, I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved 8-year-old golden retriever/chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy.
No students at Gilbert public elementary schools will go without a bright holiday season this year thanks to the efforts of the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department.
Kickoff the Christmas season with an afternoon at the Valley’s coolest outdoor ice rink, which spans Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets. There will be craft tables, face painting, a visit from Santa, a figure skating performance, live music from Phoenix Theatre and Valley Youth Theatre and a tree lighting to top off the day.
Leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving. The next best thing are the Christmas light displays that pop up as soon as the last piece of pie is gobbled down. Here are seven local light displays worth a look.
City workers prepare to shape the Tumbleweed Christmas Tree in downtown Chandler, shown Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2013. The tree which stands 30 feet tall with a star adding an additional 3 feet is being constructed for the 57th time. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
City of Chandler worker Rob Arends shapes the Tumbleweed Christmas Tree in downtown Chandler, shown Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2013. The tree which stands 30 feet tall with a star adding an additional 3 feet is being constructed for the 57th time. The tree will be lit after the parade in downtown Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
This is very unique. It’s pretty awkward. It’s a little embarrassing, to be honest.
Beginning Nov. 15, residents across the East Valley can purchase a present to provide a lonely senior in the East Valley a holiday gift.
FILE - This Nov. 28, 2012 file photo shows the 80-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas during the 80th annual lighting ceremony in New York. This year's Rockefeller Center tree will be lit on Dec. 3, 2013, and for the seventh year in a row, it will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, to be milled into lumber for use in building a home. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
File - In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, a public works employee dumps a truckload of discarded Christmas trees on the beach as part of a project to rebuild dunes damaged by Superstorm Sandy, in Bradley Beach, N.J. Bradley Beach came through Superstorm Sandy in better shape than some other coastal towns in part because of its dunes. The governor had harsh words for oceanfront property owners along the Jersey shore who are refusing to let governments carry out protective dune projects because the work will affect their oceanfront views, calling them "extremely selfish and short-sighted." (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)